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To support evidence-based practice, we provide relevant clinical practice guidelines for APTA members. (These were previously housed at PTNow.) 

These CPGs are based on a systematic review of the evidence and published by APTA sections, or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies, not by individuals. APTA does not endorse any of these guidelines unless specifically noted.

Guidelines are provided to assist in clinical decision making, not to take the place of clinician judgment.

Some CPGs include a CPG+ analysis, a translation aid for applying CPGs to practice, including an Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II (AGREE II) conducted by a team of experts.

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Osteoarthritis: Care and Management [NICE CG177]

December 11, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Osteoarthritis

Low Back Pain and Sciatica in Over 16s: Assessment and Management [NICE NG59]

December 11, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), 80 and over (80+), Young Adult (19-24), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Low Back Pain

Management of Distal Radius Fractures

December 5, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Fractures, Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions

Acute Coronary Syndromes [NICE NG185]

November 18, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64), 80 and over (80+), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Cardiac Conditions

European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation

November 5, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Critical Illness, Thoracic Conditions

2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

October 21, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Adolescent (13-18), Aged (65+), Infant (1-23mo), Middle Aged (45-64), Newborn (birth-1mo), Young Adult (19-24), Preschool Child (2-5)
Condition & Symptoms: Critical Illness, Heart Failure

COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community [NG163]

October 13, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Middle Aged (45-64), Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Lung Conditions, Respiratory Conditions, COVID-19

Rheumatoid Arthritis in Adults: Management [NG100]

October 12, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Rheumatoid Arthritis

The COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2020, Version 2.62

October 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Physical Therapy Management of Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder

October 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Preschool Child (2-5), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Developmental Disabilities

Physical Therapist Management of Total Knee Arthroplasty (CPG+)

September 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions, Total Knee Arthroplasty